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Tips for Getting the Best Possible Personal Injury Settlement Offer

Tips for Getting the Best Possible Personal Injury Settlement Offer

On average, there are 10 million car accidents per year. More than two million people are injured in those crashes. Yet, only a small percentage go on to file personal injury lawsuits. If you do file a suit, there’s a good chance you’ll receive a settlement offer. Deciding whether or not to accept a settlement offer is a personal decision. It’s a decision you should make with your lawyer and your family. But there are some factors that may help you decide. Read on to find out more about how to get the best settlement. Analyzing a Settlement Offer You may have heard that you should never accept the first offer someone gives you. That may be true if you’re haggling with a car salesman, but it’s not always true when it comes to a lawsuit settlement. If you have a strong case, it’s worth pushing back against the initial settlement offer. What if the case is more complicated? Then, you may have to take what is offered to you. Let’s say you get hit by a drunk driver. Police arrested the driver, and there’s clear evidence of intoxication. In that case, you have a good chance of getting a fair personal injury settlement. If the other party knows your case is strong, they’ll be more eager to settle. Around 95 percent of lawsuits get settled before trial. If the other driver was drunk, it’s clear the accident was their fault. Yet, it may not be 100 percent their fault. It is important to ask your lawyer about contributory negligence laws in your state. Contributory negligence refers to something the plaintiff did to worsen...
Recent Examples of Personal Injury Settlement Amounts & What You Should Expect

Recent Examples of Personal Injury Settlement Amounts & What You Should Expect

We’re sorry to hear about your accident. No amount of money can repair the damages you’ve suffered to your health, but it doesn’t hurt to be compensated for someone else’s mistake. If you feel flustered after your accident, you’re not alone. Many people aren’t sure what they should get from such traumatic experiences. Let’s look at a few recent examples of personal injury settlement amounts for you and your lawyer to glean information from. Examples of Personal Injury Settlement Amounts Personal injury settlement amounts vary wildly based on what happened, the extent of the injuries incurred, who’s at fault, and your representation. Here, we’ll show you some recent court settlement amounts to give you an idea of what you’re getting involved with. The Cyclist and the Low Hanging Branch Be careful on your bicycle. In this case, a young man was cycling and collided with a low-hanging tree branch that he didn’t see. The insurance companies contended that the accident was the fault of the man and that the tree branches were visible enough to avoid. Reconstruction and tree experts were brought in to prove that the low-hanging branch was an “accident waiting to happen.” The man settled for $110,000 from the insurance companies. Maryland Route 97 Car Accident In 2016, a woman was traveling on Route 97 in Anne Arundel County. She was stopped in traffic and was subsequently rear-ended. Since she didn’t immediately believe herself to be injured, police weren’t called. The $5,300 of damage to her vehicle was reported, but she later had experienced degeneration in her spinal discs from a prior accident. She thus received neck block injections and...
Don’t Walk It Off! Five Tips Slip and Fall Lawyers Want You to Know

Don’t Walk It Off! Five Tips Slip and Fall Lawyers Want You to Know

Chances are that if you’ve suffered a slip and fall in a place of business or public building, it wasn’t your fault. While these places are legally obligated to keep areas safe and to make any hazards clear, too many places fall short, with public safety suffering as a result. If you’ve had a fall that wasn’t your fault, you’ll want to submit a claim to get the compensation you deserve, a claim that could be worth millions of dollars. What victims don’t realize is that they’re responsible for making sure their case is as strong as possible, and that they can take steps to make this happen. Here’s what slip and fall lawyers want you to know about this. Seek Medical Help Immediately  The first thing you should always do in slip and fall cases is to seek medical attention. Even if your injury feels minor, head straight to the hospital without delay. You could be saving yourself a lot of pain later on. Also, the sooner you go to the hospital, the stronger your case will be in a claims court. Revisit the Site to Confirm What Went Wrong  You may think you know what happened, but you should always go back to confirm what it was that caused slip and fall accidents. Maybe it was a wet floor without a warning sign or maybe it was an icy entranceway or some falling debris. Whatever the cause, go back and re-trace your steps. Don’t forget to take plenty of photographs. All of this will help you remember things more clearly when you’re in court. Be as Discreet as...
Did Your Latest Vacation Leave You Hurting? Here’s How to Navigate a Cruise Ship Accident

Did Your Latest Vacation Leave You Hurting? Here’s How to Navigate a Cruise Ship Accident

According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), 100 million people sailed the seas between 2005 and 2011. Since 2005, there have been 448 major accidents. Most people view taking a vacation on a cruise ship as a fun experience. There’s food, entertainment, and you can travel to several destinations without changing your room. But when a cruise ship accident occurs, the fun stops. According to cruise ship accident statistics, in 2017 alone, 17 people fell overboard. Many victims of cruise ship accidents aren’t sure where to turn when it happens to them. Keep reading to learn where to start if you were injured on a cruise ship. Read Your Ticket After a Cruise Ship Accident Most people don’t bother to read the fine print when they sign up for a cruise. After all, who expects to be injured or become the victim of a crime? But, due to poor judgment, poorly skilled staff, and bad behavior of staff or another passenger, problems can and do arise. If you read your cruise line ticket, you’ll notice that it contains a number of provisions. These provisions will directly impact you if you’re the victim of personal injury or wrongful death while cruising. Most provisions include time bar limitations, forum selection clauses, waivers of liability, and independent contractor notices. Some clauses are enforced while others aren’t. Time Bar Limitations As with most other types of personal injury claims, there is a time limitation. Most require that you file a suit within one year from the date of the accident. However, there have been cases where the doctrine of equitable estoppel was...
Cruise Disasters: How Common Are Accidents, Injuries, and Other Mishaps?

Cruise Disasters: How Common Are Accidents, Injuries, and Other Mishaps?

Accidents can happen anywhere, but if you’re ready to board a cruise ship for your next vacation you need to be cautious. Cruise disasters may not happen all too often as car accidents or plane crashes, but they do happen. From storms to explosions, the number of things that can go wrong when out to sea are numerous. Here’s everything you need to know about what can go wrong and what you can do if such things arise. One Of The Safest Ways To Travel “Airplanes are the safest way to travel.” You’ve heard this at least once in your life. Without a doubt, this phrase is partially true. According to the BBC, while the likelihood of injury or death during a flight is low, cruise ships have – on average – a lower death rate. The number of people who died during commercial flights peaked at 373 in 2011. Car accidents faired worse with the World Health Organization estimating over a million deaths each year. If you’re ever in a car accident, here’s a brief guide on what you should do. As for cruise ships, between 2005 and 2011, the death toll peaked out at 16 people out of 100 million passengers. Types of Cruise Disasters With casinos and buffets, cruises have plenty of things to distract you from the laborious duties that get the ship to move. There’s plenty that can go awry from technical mishaps and people falling overboard to gastrointestinal outbreaks. From 2009 to 2013, cruise ship incidents rose. From technical failures, fires, and collisions, the death toll reached 50 with over 300 injuries. Gastrointestinal...
How Many People Are Drunk Driving on Halloween?

How Many People Are Drunk Driving on Halloween?

Halloween is meant to be a fun time for parents and children to hit the streets in their spookiest attire. Unfortunately for responsible trick-or-treaters, many people take the holiday as an opportunity to put others in danger. Drunk driving is a reality every holiday, but it’s arguably never more pertinent to pedestrians than on holidays such as Halloween. We’re here to give you a brief rundown on Halloween drunk drivers and how to handle them. Halloween Drunk Drivers One of the reasons that drunk drivers are so dangerous on Halloween is that so many people, mostly children, are walking the streets. Not only are they walking, but they’re often running and playing in black clothes on the street. In addition, Halloween’s increase in drunk driving threatens other sober drivers on the road. These facts make Halloween one of the deadliest nights of the year. The combination of vehicles and children on the roads makes a dangerous mix by itself, but it’s amplified when alcohol is involved. The National Highway Traffic Administration stated that almost 45 percent of Halloween road-deaths were a result of drunk driving. These numbers spike when Halloween falls on a Friday or Saturday night. When the holiday falls on weekdays, the weekends before and after are also dangerous. It’s obvious that Halloween is dangerous, but what can be done about it? Approaching Halloween Night You’re in a good position if your children are at an age when they can’t trick-or-treat alone. If you’re with your children, make sure to be alert to your surroundings at all times. Even residential neighborhoods are vulnerable to drunk drivers, so it’s essential...